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Defense powers Indian River; Potsdam races past Canton

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WHITESBORO — Indian River delivered what coach Cory Marsell said was a “phenomenal” defensive effort on Friday night as the Warriors edged Whitesboro 14-7 in a Section 3 Class A National football game.

Indian River, which improved to 3-0, allowed the game’s first score, but blanked Whitesboro (0-3, 0-2) the rest of the way.

“We just had an outstanding defensive effort, led by (linebacker) Daquan Brown,” Marsell said. “And Jonah Raydo had a huge sack for us.”

With the Warriors leading by a touchdown, Whitesboro drove to the Indian River 5-yard line in the fourth quarter. But on a fourth-and-one, Raydo sacked quarterback Bodhi Forbes to end the threat.

Indian River was led offensively by Jakese Crockett’s 103 rushing yards on 13 carries, including a 10-yard scoring run in the opening quarter after Whiteboro’s Mike DiVicarro opened the scoring with a 49-yard TD run.

Deondre Grier (8 rushes, 72 yards) scored the go-ahead touchdown for Indian River in the third quarter on a 3-yard run, while Connor Brown ran for 55 yards on six carries.

CARTHAGE 27, OSWEGO 14

Quarterback Bailey Wilkinson rushed for a touchdown and threw for another as the Comets won a Class A National game at Oswego.

Wilkinson carried the ball nine times for 57 yards, including an 11-yard TD in the second quarter. He connected with Josh Yelvington for a 53-yard TD strike in the fourth quarter for Carthage (3-0, 3-0).

Yelvington also returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown, and Rodrick Groce ran for a 15-yard TD for Carthage.

Gunner Serota led the Comets on the ground with 69 yards on three carries and Groce totaled 68 yards on 14 carries.

Zach Crisafulli carried the ball nine times for 62 yards to lead the Buccaneers (0-3, 0-3).

SOUTH JEFFERSON 36, MEXICO 26

Dylan Beckstead accounted for four touchdown runs as the Spartans used a 20-point first quarter to gain their first win of the season in a Class B East game in Mexico.

Beckstead had a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs, one from 11 yards out and another from 5 yards for South Jefferson (1-2, 1-1). Adam Hutchinson connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass to Austin Robare for South Jeff’s other touchdown.

Collin Haynes scored all three touchdowns for Mexico (0-3) with runs of 18 and 19 yards and an 85-yard kickoff return.

POTSDAM 52, CANTON 20

Will Coleman picked off a Hunter Yerdon pass on the second play of the game and scored from 35 yards out and the Sandstoners (3-0) rolled to a Northern Athletic Conference win in Potsdam.

Coleman finished five of eight passing for 100 yards in the game and threw three touchdown passes, two to Jacob Bryant and one to Max Warden.

O’den Robertson made just 12 carries for 113 yards but he scored in the first quarter on a 23-yard burst and scored again on a 14-yard run in the second quarter.

Hunter Yerdon figured in all three Canton scores and finished with 103 yards rushing and 73 yards passing.

OFA 27, TUPPER LAKE 26

Three times Ogdensburg Free Academy (3-0) stopped Tupper Lake from scoring on 2-point conversions and that proved to be the difference in a win in Ogdensburg.

The game was tied 20-20 after three quarters and OFA went ahead 27-20 after Jon Rogers caught a 24-yard pass from Joe Dalton and Jon Tayler made one of his three extra-point kicks.

Tupper Lake (1-2) answered with a 1-yard run by quarterback Morgan Stevens but could not capitalize on a 2-point conversion attempt.

Tayler finished with nine receptions for 115 yards to lead OFA.

Stevens completed 14 passes for 232 yards.





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